How to Write a Biography

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10505

There are a lot of famous people, but what do you really know about them? Biographies give lots of interesting information about people. Learn to choose, research, and write about someone famous!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Many people know Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States, but did you know he loved to eat oysters? Many famous people have interesting lives. With a little research, you can share these interesting facts by writing a biography.

What is a biography?

A biography tells the true story of another person’s life. You could write about an author, a movie star, a war hero, an athlete, or even a family member. Some biographies tell about a person's life from birth to death. Other biographies present a short story or description of a person. When you write a biography, you have an opportunity to share interesting information about a person's life.

Why might you write a biography?

You can write a biography to save your memories of another person, discover an interesting world besides your own, or learn to understand yourself better with the connections you make to others.

Continue on to the Got It? section to begin researching a biography that you will write!

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